Avodah provides QVDP youth snacks

Jackie & Penny at Youth LunchQuadra Village Drop-In Program (QVDP) for youth is one of the programs Avodah is proud to support. Avodah’s Jackie Saunders-Ritchie and Penny Tennenhouse were thrilled to be invited recently to a special delicious and healthy lunch lovingly prepared by youth in the program for funders. It was a truly wonderful, enjoyable opportunity to meet the youth and the staff at Quadra Village and get to know them and their program better.

Avodah’s funding goes towards providing snacks for this program which runs two days a week Thursday and Friday for three hours each evening. The QVDP is for youth ages 10-18. An average of 20 youth comes to these two drop-ins on Thursday and Friday.

Tara Skobel, the Youth Program Coordinator says, “We have seen an increase of younger youth who are accessing our centre. These youth come hungry and rely on us for support and food. Your funding really helps us provide food for these youth in need during our drop-in hours.

With your help we have been able to continue making full meals for the youth and providing healthy snack opportunities. They appreciate the options we provide which would not be possible without your generous donation! Your donation makes not only a huge difference in this program but in our youths’ lives! Thank you so much for your support!

Boys & Girls Club Needs Care Families


Saturday, December 1 between 11 am – 12 pm — We have invited Debi O’Boyle, Manager for Care Families & Quality Assurance, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria to speak to our congregation during the service on Saturday, December 1st about the current needs of their program. Boys & Girls Club of Greater Victoria has responded to the needs of children, youth, and families in the Capital Region for 58 years. They are a not-for-profit agency accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitative Facilities (CARF). They are affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

For more than 30 years, Care Families have supported youth while they attend Boys & Girls Club programming. Each Care Family supports one youth at a time and receives 24 hour support from qualified staff. Adolescence is a time when youth learn skills, practice healthy relationships, and take on increased responsibility in preparation for adulthood. Care Families support youth learning life skills and lessons—sometimes for the first time and help youth get on the right path to becoming successful self-sufficient adults.  For more information go to website: https://bgcvic.org/become-a-host-family/

Apples & Honey: Thank You!

Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who helped to make this year’s Apples & Honey fundraiser for youth programs such a success.

  • Thank you to Ellen Dragushan and Mitch Witkin for baking all the delicious honey cakes—and Jill Swartz for donating the apples. 
  • Thank you to our delivery volunteers: the Piuti family, Herzog family, Marvin Kurier, Penny Ross and Tony Leiman
  • Also thanks to Solomon Bodrug and Nathaniel for packing the bags. Really hope I didn’t forget anyone!

– RaeAnn

Shabbat Service, Saturday, December 13

Avodah is very pleased to have Jennifer Mortimer, coordinator of the Out of the Rain Youth Night Shelter Program, give the drash at our upcoming Dec. 13 Shabbat service.  

Congregation Emanu-El participates in this program, providing shelter and hot meals at our synagogue one night each week to homeless youth during the cold winter months. 
Also joining us from Beacon Community Services will be Elaine Venables, Director of Children’s Programs and Counselling Services. We are grateful to Jenn and Elaine for their outstanding leadership and partnership with Avodah and Congregation Emanu-El in carrying out this important program. 

Regional Events/Shanah Tovah from Pinwheel USY

Please mark your calendars. Scholarships are available, helping to make the local events more affordable.  Regional events are a great opportunity for our kids to meet other kids from Vancouver, Seattle and Spokane.
Please pencil in two local dates:
  • Oct 10-12: Emanu-El Family Shabbaton at Camp Miriam  and the kick off event for Kadima
  • Oct 26: the super fun “Kadima Kidnap Breakfast” scheduled before Hebrew School on.  We’ll be looking to the Grade 8 & 9 kids to help with the “kidnapping” as well as cooking the breakfast and entertaining this year’s Grades 6 & 7 kids. 
We’re hoping to have a strong contingent of high school teens at the Shabbaton so be sure you don’t miss out!  Please let me know if you’d like more info about either of these events. 
May the New Year be filled with joy and good health for you and your family, RaeAnn 
2014 – 2014 Regional Executive Board
Lindsey Carmen, Naomi Shaw, Sam Shere, Abby Diebold, Vanessa Diamond & Jack Friedman

2014 – 2015 Regional Staff
Aviva Tilles & Gilad Beresnestin

2014 – 2015 Pinwheel Region Youth Commission Chair
Steven Novick

2014- 2015 Pinwheel Regional Calendar

We hope to see you there …

November 14th – 16th

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish PINWHEEL
– Camp Solomon Schechter –

December 5th – 7th

– Winter Kadima Kinnus – 
Camp Solomon Schechter
December 21st – 26th
– USY International Convention – 
Atlanta, GA 

February 20th – 22nd  

– 8thGrade Shabbaton with New Frontier – 

TBD in New Frontier

February 27th – March 1st

– USY Spring Kinnus – 
   Portland, OR Area

Late April – Spring Kadima Kinnus – Home Hospitality TBD

May 15th – 18th

– USY Regional Convention – 

Camp Solomon Schechter

Upcoming “Kadima” events

USY/Kadima event: Jerusalem at IMAX, Thurs, Aug 21 at 7pm
All students (and their parents) in grades 6-12 are invited to attend.
RSVP is required by Mon, Aug 18 to by email to Rae Brechner.  
Feel free also to email for more information (such as cost).
In other news, be on the lookout for information about ordering your honey cakes for the Kadima/USY Apples & Honey fundraiser for the New Year.  If you’d like to volunteer to help deliver baskets on Sept 21, if you have apples from your tree to donate or if you would like to help bake cakes in the synagogue kitchen, email Rae Brechner.

Wild Play, June 22 for congregation teens

Back by popular demand!! 

We have decent funds left over from the fall Apples & Honey fundraiser, so this event will be heavily subsidized for everyone.  The cost is just $10 per person and includes both the Wild Play course as well as pizza and drinks after the course.  This event is for all students in grades 6-12 (and their parents!).
To participate, everyone under the age of 19 must have a waiver signed by a parent – adults can NOT sign for kids that aren’t our own, so please be sure to print, sign and send your child’s waiver with your child on the day of the event.

Also, kids under the age of 12 will need a “buddy.” Please check out specific details at
Since Wild Play is a bit of a drive (for some of us), it’s a very good idea to car pool – please reply early so we have an idea of who will attend, how many adults we’ll need (for “buddies”) and who is able to drive.
This is a super events for both kids and parents, so don’t be shy if you’d like to participate! Also, let us know if you are available to “buddy” someone under 12 in case there is a child wanting to participate who’s parent isn’t able to attend.

Summer Internship Opportunity

Donor Stewardship Program Assistant

The Louis Brier Jewish Aged Foundation seeks a part time intern (35 hours per week) to assist in the development of a program that will help maintain and build relationships with our donor base.  
Candidates must be between 15 to 30 years of age and registered as a full-time student in the previous academic year and returning to school full-time in September.
Responsibilities include: 

  • Learning skills related to fundraising 
  • Assisting in related office functions 
  • Updating the cataloguing of art pieces 
  • Projects to help the Director of Development and Assistant Director of Development

The ideal candidate will possess:  

  • an understanding and interest in community development 
  • strong writing and communication skills 
  • knowledge of MS Word, MS Excel 
  • ability to balance multiple tasks

To apply, please e-mail or fax your cover letter and resumé to the attention of Dvori Balshine by June 6th, 2014.
1055 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6M 1W9
604 261-5550 * Fax: 604 261-5565